For centuries, New York City has been known as a melting pot, attracting immigrants from all over the world. Brooklyn, of course, is no exception, and the borough is host to cultures from just about everywhere. Here are six Brooklyn neighborhoods known for their tight-knit, vibrant immigrant populations.


Sunset Park
Sunset Park is home to two immigrant communities, Hispanic and Chinese. The Sunset Park Chinatown is one of the largest and fastest growing ethnic Chinese enclaves outside of Asia — it has actually surpassed the size of Manhattan’s Chinatown. This rapidly-evolving enclave is now home to predominantly immigrants from Fujian Province in Mainland China.

A wave of Puerto Rican immigration in the 1950s to Sunset Park also solidified the neighborhood as a Latino enclave. Today Latinos, in general, are the dominant ethnic group in Sunset Park, with many residents hailing from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico.

Chinese New Year celebration photo courtesy of Wikipedia. (more…)